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Knoxville Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On May 6, 2021, Dios E. Tate, 31, currently of Knoxville, entered a guilty plea to one count of aggravated identity theft in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville. Sentencing is scheduled for September 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., before the Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, United States District Judge.

Tate faces a mandatory term of two years in Federal prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000, and supervised release of one year.

As part of the written plea agreement, Tate admitted that on November 16, 2020, he used the social security number of another person to obtain a Tennessee identification card from the Knox County Clerk issued in a name other than his own.

This prosecution is the result of an ongoing operation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General to identify people who have unlawfully used social security numbers of other persons to obtain a false Tennessee identification cards.

Assistant United States Attorney TJ Harker represented the United States.



Rachelle Barnes
Public Affairs Officer
(865) 545-4167

Updated May 6, 2021

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